National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey (Hardcover)

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About the Author


Long recognized as one of the world's top experts on ocean science and conservation, Sylvia Earle is the president and chairman of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance and a National Geographic Explorer at Large. Called "Her Deepness" by The New Yorker and the New York Times, a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and a "First Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, she is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and field scientist. In 1970, told she could not join a crew of men testing an undersea habitat, she was asked to lead an all-female crew, and they lived underwater for weeks, pioneering deep-sea ventures. Since then, she has continued to cross boundaries, always passionately advocating on behalf of Earth's ocean.

Praise For…


"Extraordinarily beautiful book by the most extraordinary woman. Perhaps the greatest advocate our oceans have ever had."—Richard Branson

"I had the great, good fortune to be with my late husband, Peter Benchley, and Sylvia in the early 1980s on a couple of National Geographic expeditions. Sylvia has been a friend and mentor ever since. She has an extraordinary gift--an otherworldly ability to be present with all marine life. I think this is her secret blue superpower. National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey brings this unique quality to life for readers who are treated to a gorgeous array of wondrous marine wildlife and habitats that make up the totality of Earth’s oceans and the magnificent 'Hope Spots' profiled in the book. It’s a superb literary and visual voyage into why the ocean matters to everyone, everywhere, and why marine protected areas are the most important ocean conservation tool we have. Brava to Her Deepness!"—Wendy Benchley, ocean conservationist, marine policy advocate, and co-founder, Peter Benchley Ocean

"In this elegant, eloquent portrayal of the ocean, Sylvia Earle conveys a sense of wonder, urgency, and hope that bold actions taken now to protect the living seas will not only benefit coral reefs, fish, and whales, but also prove vital for the future of humankind."—Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U. N. Messenger of Peace

"Let's be clear: if we'd named the place honestly, we'd call our home planet "Ocean," not "Earth." Sylvia Earle, our greatest champion of marine conservation and protection, takes us on a tour of everything wet and salty: she picks up where Jacques Cousteau and Rachel Carson left off in earlier eras, using all the tools of our moment to offer a picture of deep beauty and even deeper meaning."—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"Likely no one has ever seen, experienced, and lived as much of the ocean’s breadth and depth and time as has Sylvia Earle. And this breathtakingly broad and beautiful--and deep--book by Dr. Earle reflects her unmatched experience, her exceptionally perceptive eye and mind, and her wanderer’s soul. No other single book packs so much of what humans have learned about the ocean. Like Sylvia herself, this is a great and powerful work of art and heart and a great gift to the world.”—Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean, Becoming Wild, and other books

"Sylvia Earle (aka Her Deepness) invites us into her wet and wonderful world of oceans, replete with amazing photographs, inspiring scientist biographies (of note, many are women!), descriptions of Hope Spots, and a compelling explanation that water is life. Everyone should read this book, because it provides a clarion call to conserve our oceans immediately, and preferably yesterday."—Meg Lowman, author of The Arbornaut

"Sylvia Earle’s new book, National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey, is a masterpiece. Through the eyes of a scientist, passionate explorer, and life-long ocean champion, Sylvia takes us on a journey to explore the mystery, intense beauty, and fragility of the underwater world. Sylvia weaves together poetry, geology, exquisite photography, and more, to share how incredibly vital are oceans are to our survival as a species. For those of us who have dedicated our lives to protecting our oceans, Sylvia is our north star."—Dr. Elizabeth McLeod, Global Reef Lead, The Nature Conservancy

"This is a must-read! Sylvia Earle takes us on an inspirational and amazing journey into our wondrous and precious oceans. A meaningful book and an incredible one!"—Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

"We cannot have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean. In this all-embracing book, Sylvia Earle has confirmed that 'the ocean is in trouble, and therefore, so are we.' But from marine protected areas to smarter ecosystem management, from nature-based solutions to Hope Spots, throughout National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey, Sylvia shows we can heal much of the harm that has been done. We all have work to do to restore the ocean's health, and this book is an inspiring and faithful guide."—Peter Thomson, United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean
Product Details
ISBN: 9781426221927
ISBN-10: 1426221924
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication Date: November 16th, 2021
Pages: 512
Language: English